• Infamous William Tweed Signed City Document, Died In Ludlow Street Jail

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    WILLIAM “BOSS” TWEED (April 2, 1823 – April 12, 1878) was an American politician notable for being the boss of Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party political machne that played a major role in the politics of the 19th century New York City and State. At the height of his influence, Tweed was the third-largest landowner in New York City, a director of the Erie Railroad, the Tenth National Bank the New-York Printing Company, proprietor of the Metropolitan Hotel, a significant stockholder in iron mines and gas companies, a board member of the Harlem Gas Light Company, the Third Avenue Railway Company, the Brooklyn Bridge Company and the president of the Guardian Savings Bank. 

    He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1852, the New York County Board of Supervisors in 1858, the year he became head of the Tammany Hall political machine. Tweed was convicted of stealing between $25 million and $45 million from New York City taxpayers. Later estimates ranged as high as $200 million. Unable to make bail, he escaped from jail once but was returned to custody and died in the Ludlow Street Jail.

    Offering a City of New York document from the Street Department, signed by Tweed “For services rendered as assistant general clerk...” Tweed has signed as the Street Commissioner.

    Document is in very good condition with a small piece, upper left, missing, and a small fold tear reinforced with archival tape.   Fine example of early New York City corruption that was an accepted way of life.

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